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APP heads to court once again over spoiled ballots

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The All People’s Party (APP) plans to file a new case with the Windhoek High Court over the 57 spoiled ballots that were rejected in the 2020 Regional Council and Local Authority Elections for the Ndonga Linena Constituency.On 22 June this year, the E…

The All People's Party (APP) plans to file a new case with the Windhoek High Court over the 57 spoiled ballots that were rejected in the 2020 Regional Council and Local Authority Elections for the Ndonga Linena Constituency.

On 22 June this year, the Electoral Court of Namibia ordered that the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN), the Chairperson of the ECN and the Chief Electoral Officer of the ECN to no later than 15 court days allow the APP to make copies of the 58 ballots that were spoiled during those elections for the Ndonga Linena Constituency.

APP Secretary General Vincent Kanyetu told Nampa on Wednesday that on 12 July they could not locate the 53 spoiled ballots as announced by ECN in their presence and only got four rejected ballots.

'53 spoiled ballot papers are missing and ECN was unable to give answers on those missing ballot papers. It is thus for this reason that we have decided to put in a new case with the High Court to rather nullify the results and have a recount done from scratch,' Kanyetu stated.

APP is represented by Henry Shimutwikeni and Co Incoporated Law Firm.

ECN Manager of Communications Lina Ndengu told Nampa that since this was a judgement from the court, she could not comment as it is a legal matter.

The election results for Ndonga Linena indicate that the APP’s Djami Balthazar Daniel received 1 061 votes while SWAPO party’s Kampota Michael Shiwana won with 1 073 votes.

The Popular Democratic Movement’s (PDM), Shipapo Kassian Kayeye received 146 votes, while Independent Patriots for Change’s (IPC) Patrick Shiyemo got 70.

The Ndonga Linena Constituency in the Kavango East Region had no local authority and a total of 2 250 votes were counted during that election.

Source: Namibia Press Agency